"Do you take cases on a contingency fee basis?"

Yes. Most of the cases we handle are on a contingency fee basis with our clients. We recognize that most people, particularly if they have just been terminated, cannot afford to pay the fees required to successfully litigate an employment case.

"Do you take cases against big companies?"

Yes. Most of the cases we take are against large corporations. On occasion we will take a case against a smaller company, but the typical cases we take are against larger corporations.

"Should I go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before hiring a lawyer?"

The deadlines for filing employment discrimination claims are relatively short–180 days from the date of the discriminatory act on most employment discrimination claims under Texas law and 300 days under federal law. The deadlines in some cases are even shorter. So, if the deadline is close, the most important thing is to make sure the claim is timely filed even if you do not have an attorney. However, we handle the filing of EEOC claims for our clients and, absent a concern about a deadline to file, do not recommend that others file with the EEOC without getting representation first, as mistakes can be made in the filing of the claim and in the course of the investigation at the EEOC that can have serious adverse effects on your claims later.

"Are noncompete agreements enforceable in Texas?"

It depends. Noncompete agreements are subject to strict statutory requirements in Texas. To be enforceable a noncompete agreement must be properly drafted, be applicable to the proper circumstances and meet other statutory requirements. We regularly conduct consultations to review noncompete agreements, discuss the circumstances surrounding their execution and other relevant information to determine whether an agreement is enforceable. We can ordinarily do this in an hour-long consultation.

"Should I wait until I am terminated to consult with an attorney?"

No. We regularly consult with persons who are still employed but are being mistreated or believe their employer may intend to terminate them. Consulting with an attorney before a termination can help you learn what your rights are and how to preserve any claims you may have in the event of a termination. We have seen a number of good cases ruined because the employee did not understand the law and made bad decisions toward the end of their employment. In those circumstances where the legal options are not strong, we can often provide advice to help an employee improve his or her situation at work.